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#85 of 996 2001 MDX Tranny just bit us as well
Sep 11, 2009 (10:29 am)
Our 2001 had only 75K miles on it. serviced regularly (through our mechanic not Acura). We found out when it went out about all of the problems. We had it towed to the dealer in hopes of having them help in good faith (out of warranty) and told them how aware we were of all of the issues. They acknowledged the problems. It took almost one week for them to make us an offer: $3500 to replace it....saying it was really a $4800 job but out of good faith we would get 25% paid for. Any tranny shop around can do the same job for $3500. Acura said they had to replace the ECU (the brains), that they do it on all tranny jobs regardless. Our mechanic said that since this is a mechanical and not electrical failure, they didnt' see the need. We went to pick up a loaner (the car won't run so we were stuck) and they had the nerve to tell us if we wanted the tranny sealed, it would be another $175, otherwise the tranny would leak all over the place in about 3 months. I couldn't believe my ears. I am in the process of pulling together alot of info on this and writing acura. we also own our 2nd Odessey (ate dirt with the run flat tires on the first touring) and all in all have owned 4 Honda/Acura products. We are so disgusted by this that we will probably never buy another Honda product again. The dealership did very little to help us and we tried being nice, regular, begging, etc. I don't know what else to do except eat the fix, hope it stays for another year or 2 and then try and ditch the car. and write lots of letters. The also told me "we would be looked badly upon because we didn't service it at an Acura dealer". What? Can someone shed some light here?
#86 of 996 Bogus Reply
Sep 14, 2009 (5:32 am)
Don't let them get away with it. My Dealer on Long Island paid 75% and we paid 25%.
That seems to be the way most dealers work the repair. Good Luck
Sep 14, 2009 (5:41 am)
so they were going to stick it to us. when we went to get the loaner they had the nerve to tell us that in addition to the fix, they would charge another $175 to seal the rear something or other so the transmission woudln't leak. they also said they always replace the ECU (the brains) even if there is nothing wrong with that component...oh and the fix is $800 of the total. I called a local reputable tranny shop and we are getting it fixed for $2400. I had my car towed on Friday afternoon and told Acura they were a ripoff. I still intend to write letters and I won't walk into another Acura dealer again. And I will happily rate the dealership on line. What an exercise in frustration. The dealership really didn't care or they wouldn't have done that last maneouver of the $175.
Sep 24, 2009 (3:06 pm)
It's typical of other dealerships I've dealt with, certainly not specific to Acura. But for their prices, you'd hope they would try harder than some of the cheaper brands out there.
#89 of 996 Re: we left [madmommy3]
Sep 28, 2009 (6:14 am)
Can you please tell what acura dealership you went to?
#90 of 996 Re: we left [acuramdx02]
Sep 28, 2009 (6:34 am)
it was in north central texas, why do you ask? i am trying to get another acura dealership to fix my warrantied SRS sensor (I have the letter) and they won't return any of my calls. called twice. I am a bit put out with all of them.
#91 of 996 2006 acura mdx tranny (t converter) problems
Sep 29, 2009 (9:22 am)
Hi all. I own a 2006 acura mdx with funny sounds coming from drivetrain area. If u decelerate to 30-40 mph, then slightly accelerate, there is a vibrating/shuttering sound followed by a clunking sound as attempts to shift gears.
Local dealer says it needs a new torque converter and an updated pcm module, total bill $2,500. Problem is... with 75,000 miles, the car is just out of the warranty period, so dealer says the repair bill is all my responsibility. Car has never been used for towing,etc. All normal maintenance done by me, with my own notes in manual. Transmission fluid has never been changed.
Called Acura (national) with an appeal for assistance. Still waiting to hear their decision as to if/how much they would be willing to assist me with.
Really curious, Is there anyone else out there with 2006 mdx with similar problems or experiences to share?? Thanks much, kobbe.
#92 of 996 Still having problem with Acura MDX 2002
Sep 29, 2009 (12:49 pm)
I wrote back in the summer about problems I was having with my Acura MDX 2002. Acura finally agreed to share the cost of replacing the torque converter. I had all the work done including a seven year check up. About a month after I had it back from the dealer it started doing the same thing again. What is happening is from time to time when I am driving (it is not speed dependent) the car shifts itself into neutral and then shifts out. There is no rhyme or reason to it, it just happens and I never know when it will. I have taken it back to the dealer three times now and they can't get it to repeat or come up with a signal on their monitors for the transmission. Then about a week and a half ago I was driving when all of a sudden my radio went dead and lights on my dashboard came on. This happened about 4 times like a power surge and then it stopped. I had the battery checked and everything checked out fine. The dealer took the car for a few days and had the mechanic drive it home every day to see if it would repeat itself. Of course it never did. However, I drive at least 40 miles a day and they only put on about 10 each day. They gave it back to me and basically said oh well! Then, my SRS light came on. They now have the car because my seat belt and front air bags went. I am at my wits end! I don't feel safe driving the car with my kids in it but no one can figure out the problem. I feel like I need a camera in my car to prove that I my speedometer could be at 35 and my rpm's are at 6! Any one with similar experience? I can't really afford a new car but feel that I need one for the safety issue. I would love any suggestions. Thanks.
#93 of 996 File a complaint with National Highway Transportation Safety Administration
Sep 30, 2009 (6:45 am)
NHTSA can initiate a recall of the 2003 MDX based on numerous consumer complaints. I just checked the NHTSA complaint list and only 14 of us filed complaints!! Yet, there are hundreds of blog comments complaining about the transmission. This does not make sense!! If we are serious about getting this vehicle recalled SO WE EITHER DO NOT HAVE TO PAY FOR THE REPAIR OR IF WE PAID FOR THE REPAIR, GET OUR MONEY BACK,then we need to follow the instructions provided by NHTSA in the following link, which explains the recall process:
or call the NHTSA toll-free number to make a REAL complaint!
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#94 of 996 Re: 2006 acura mdx tranny (t converter) problems [kobbe]
Sep 30, 2009 (8:41 am)
" Transmission fluid has never been changed. "
Huh? At 75,000 miles it should have been changed at least once, I had our '04 changed 50,000 because I have been so paranoid that something was going to happen to the tranny.